Justice Minister David Ford MLA has urged people to support ‘Be Safe, Be Well’ as he visited a local crime prevention project nominated for a National Lottery Award.
The Minister was given a demonstration of the equipment supplied by the Safe Homes programme which is part of the ‘Be Safe Be Well’ project run by Ageing Well Roe Valley in Limavady and funded by the National Lottery through the Big Lottery Fund.
It aims to provide older people with a sense a security in their homes by supplying equipment, advice and a full security audit in local residences.
Be Safe Be Well is now appealing for public support as they seek to win a £2,000 cash prize and have their work celebrated at the star-studded National Lottery Awards on BBC One in September.
They are competing against six other National Lottery-funded organisations for the title of Best Charity/Voluntary project.
Minister Ford said: “All too often in society, individuals or groups of people can feel isolated or left out for many and varied reasons.
“The work undertaken by the Be Safe Be Well project over the past three years has undoubtedly enriched the lives of many people and helped them to feel part of the community and make better use of the services available to them.
“Be Safe Be Well would not be able to undertake their important work without the support of the public, both financially and through the time generously given by volunteers.
“I wish them well for the future and would encourage people to vote for them in the competition.”
Catherine Tayor, Be Safe Be Well project co-ordinator added: “Be Safe Be Well addresses serious issues such as community safety, health and well-being and social isolation.
“It is our aims to reach those who feel they are ‘seldom heard’ or lonely, help those who feel vulnerable in their homes and reduce the fear of crime.
“We were delighted to be able to give the Minister an opportunity to see for himself the work carried out by our staff and for him to hear firsthand the positive impact it has had on the community.
“We hope people just not in the North-West but throughout Northern Ireland and beyond will appreciate the work we do and help us become the Best Charity/Voluntary Project.
To vote for Be Safe Be Well, please go to http://www.lotterygoodcauses.org.uk/awards/charity or telephone 0844 836 9712.
Voting runs for four weeks from 9am on Wednesday 25 June until midnight on Wednesday, July 23.
You can follow the campaign on twitter: hashtag #NLAwards.